Nanosensors: Physical, Chemical, and Biological

Vinod Kumar Khanna

October 26, 2011 by CRC Press
Reference - 665 Pages - 179 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439827123 - CAT# K11336
Series: Series in Sensors


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  • Discusses various categories of nanosensors, including mechanical, thermal, optical, magnetic, chemical, and biological
  • Presents an introductory survey of nanotechnology
  • Describes the building blocks of nanosensors, such as nanoparticles, semiconductors, quantum dots, and carbon nanotubes
  • Examines the different resources involved in nanosensor fabrication and characterization
  • Covers cutting-edge applications of state-of-the-art nanosensors in medicine, food technology, the environment, chemistry, biotechnology, and information processing
  • Uses a lively question and answer format to stimulate discussion
  • Explains key terms of different areas to make the subject matter understandable to readers from diverse backgrounds
  • Includes worked examples as well as end-of-chapter exercises and references


Bringing together widely scattered information, Nanosensors: Physical, Chemical, and Biological explores sensor development in the nanotechnology age. This easy-to-read book presents a critical appraisal of the new opportunities in the area of sensors provided by nanotechnologies and nanotechnology-enabled advancements.

After introducing nanosensor classification and fundamental terms, the book outlines the properties of important nanomaterials and nanotechnologies used in nanosensor fabrication. Subsequent chapters are organized according to nanosensor type: physical (mechanical and acoustical, thermal and radiation, optical, and magnetic); chemical (atomic and molecular energies); and biological. The final chapter summarizes the current state of the field and discusses future trends.

A complete and authoritative guide to nanosensors, this book offers up-to-date information on the fabrication, properties, and operating mechanisms of these fast and reliable sensors. It addresses progress in the field, fundamental issues and challenges facing researchers, and prospects for future development.